-29er-optimized frame delivers a fast, stable ride
-ABP keeps your suspension active while you’re on the brakes
-DRCV shock gives you smooth, predictable all-terrain control
-G2: a better-handling 29er
Frame Alpha Platinum Aluminum, ABP Convert, Full Floater, E2 tapered head tube, internal derailleur & dropper post routing, press fit BB, ISCG 05 mount, magnesium EVO Link, Mino Link, down tube guard, G2 Geometry, 140mm travel
Fox Factory Series 34 Float w/CTD (climb-trail-descend) adjustable FIT damper, rebound, E2 tapered steerer, Kashima coating, 15QR thru axle, custom G2 Geometry w/51mm offset, 140mm travel
Fox Performance Series Float w/DRCV, CTD (climb-trail-descend) damper, rebound, tuned by Trek in California, 7.75×2.125"
Strengths: Excellent handling characteristics. The fork rides high in its travel until its needed, with minimal brake dive. When the shock is in descend mode, its small bump sensitivity is excellent. When the fork and shock are in climb mode, they're almost locked out. This makes out of the saddle climbing far more palatable. The XT brakes (my LBS swapped the front rotor for a 203 mm) require only one finger, regardless of the situation. As for suspension design, Specialized's Horst link used to be the bench mark, but Trek's ABP is now the holy grail.
I love the polished finish. It's reminiscent of the high-end bikes of the early '90s. The bike is also quiet. No creaks, squeaks, or chain slap. Just the sound of knobbies clawing at the trail.
Weaknesses: In my opinion, the weaknesses are mostly issues of personal preference. The stock grips were too skinny. My LBS swapped them out for Oury lock-on grips. My butt still isn't crazy about the stock saddle. I actually suspect it's too squishy, which seems to allow the sit bones to roll off the back or side. Another issue is the cable routing around the head tube. It's a bird's nest that catches your knees when climbing out of the saddle; however, a couple well placed zip-ties solved this issue.
Coming from an XC racing background, this is my first venture into all mountain riding. I used to scoff at people who rode 30 lb bikes with dropper posts. But now I've "drank the Kool-Aid", and it's good. My 22 lb. race bike now sits in the garage, collecting dust.
This is my first bike where picking a line wasn't really necessary. It'll plow over or through just about anything. In the end, I have a huge smile on my face. How could I not give it five stars?